International Sports Pharmacists Network

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Sports Pharmacy Practices and Standards:

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Sports Pharmacy

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As pharmacists, we are the medication experts, from procurement and dispensing to drug selection and patient education. Advanced-training is necessary to become a trusted source of drug information for other healthcare providers in sports medicine. Advance your career while being a part of the sports medicine team.

Set the standard for pharmacists’ professional and ethical involvement in the care of their patient-athletes as a unique patient population.

Strengthen pharmacists professional involvement in sports.

Increase recognition of advanced-training for pharmacist participation in the care of patient-athletes.

Provide a platform for pharmacy professionals to collaborate, connect and grow.

Sports pharmacists are specially-trained to recognize and avoid banned prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements or nutritional products; address the special pharmaceutical needs or design personalized medication therapy goals with the prescribers for exercise enthusiasts or any level of athlete. Sports pharmacists are drug experts within the athlete’s entourage.

Anyone working in sports pharmacy must stay up-to-date on rules and banned substances lists.

Accessible and knowledgeable, pharmacists who have training in sports medicine, doping control, major event organization, or other niches of sports are invaluable to the world antidoping effort. Sports pharmacists work with athletes as individual patients, within a sports organization, at antidoping agencies, or as part of sporting events polyclinical and pharmacy operations teams. Academia and research are other areas of sports pharmacy. Sports pharmacists provide medication reference and procurement as part of the sports medicine team and often assist, directly and indirectly.

Many pharmacists working with athletes are self-trained as pharmacy schools across the globe catch up with the lack of formalized training programs. FIP Guidelines, Drug Free Sport International (Home Study courses) and WADA ADEL are just a starting point for additional education.

Pharmacists provide the foundation for safe and effective medication use and over-the-counter self-treatment choices for any health-conscious person, any avid or evolving exercise routines and up to the professional athlete.

  • Pharmacists offer consultant services to individual patients, called comprehensive medication reviews or pharmacogenomics.
  • Pharmacists support other healthcare professionals, offer evidence-based recommendations for therapeutic decisions.
  • Pharmacists monitor the effectiveness of medications, compliance of medication use, and redirect unsafe use or misuse of drugs or other substances, and make referral for additional care.
  • Pharmacists are available and accessible healthcare providers.
  • Personal pharmacists should be anyone’s primary resource for personalized drug information.
  • Pharmacists provide an excellent drug information resource for anyone arriving at the intersection of intense physical exercise and medication decisions– the advanced training of a competent pharmacist can do so for competitive athletes.
  • Pharmacists procure medication supplies or assist in locating specialty medications
  • Pharmacists assist in travel planning and vaccination.

Around the world, level of participation by pharmacists in sports or with patient-athletes varies significantly. Training and formal education differs widely, as well. Japan has many trained Sports Pharmacist(R). Qatar offers one of the few sports pharmacy residency programs. Turkey has a masters program for sports pharmacy. Most other countries have aspiring pharmacists acting as trailblazers in sports and athletics, often athletes themselves. Several schools of pharmacy are pioneering new programs entitled sports pharmacy or human performance.

IOC offers a Certificate program for Drugs in Sports as an introductory course.

WADA provides the ADEL platform.

International Sports Pharmacists Network, LLC business plan and statement of goals, developed 2/2019

Sports pharmacy personnel, including IOC certified sports pharmacists have additional training in safe and appropriate selection and use of medication and self-treatment for patient-athletes at all levels of competition.

The International Sports Pharmacists Network, LLC adopts the FIP Statement and Guidelines (2014) “The role of the pharmacist in the fight against doping in sport.”

We embrace the standards of quality care set forth for athletes in the WADA Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act.

To improve therapeutic outcomes, avoid prescription abuse and discourage misuse through pharmacy counseling and therapeutic monitoring, pharmacists shall personalize counseling on compliance and adherence.

When appropriate and honoring patient confidentiality, the pharmacist shall refer to higher level of medical care, when recognized, including trends of prescription abuse by an individual. Additionally, we shall keep aware of the possibility of doping to report findings to the antidoping authority or regulatory agencies as appropriate to aid in the antidoping effort.

Pharmacists working with their patient-athletes and health-conscious consumers shall suggest optimizing organic nutrition and non-pharmaceutical options when appropriate, before medications or dietary supplements, to discourage over-use or over-prescribing of drugs.


Furthermore, ISPN, LLC promotes integrity and professionalism with the following:

Advancing Our Practice:

  • Advance awareness of pharmacists involvement in sports.
  • Improve awareness of patient-athlete wellness to avoid inadvertent positive tests among sportspersons that may be tested, by supporting the development of personalized pharmacist clinical relationships.
  • Assist pharmacists or pharmacy students in locating credible certification programs and continuing education opportunities to develop their own pharmacist-patient relationships.
  • Empower pharmacists and pharmacy students to access credible prescription and dietary supplement information to talk to their patients, public health-consumers, and other healthcare providers that care for patient-athletes about what is safe and effective to take while abiding by antidoping rules.
  • Encourage access to pharmacist-designed resources to plan for and participate in sporting events that supply, store or administer medications. Sports pharmacy encourages pharmacovigilance.
  • Support peer-to-peer collaboration.

Modeling Elite Standards of Practice:

  • Develop standards of integrity and models of business practices for pharmacists.
  • Set standards of practice and promote competency training and certification in sports pharmacy.
  • Respect patient privacy rights, individual rights, and advocating for the health of the patient-athlete, weigh the risks vs benefits, short-term or long-term.
  • Require full disclosure of all sports-related or pharmacy-related financial interests to their patient-athletes or clients. Assist Pharmacists training to recognize personal bias or cultural bias that may influence a professional recommendation. Sports pharmacists do not exclusively market products, medications or dietary supplements to their clients in which they hold financial interests.
  • Promote professionalism in personal interactions and online platforms. Remarks on specific use of prescriptions, non-prescription drugs and dietary supplements / nutrients/vitamins shall be backed by evidence-based medicine. Professional etiquette is expected in word choice and intent while representing the specialty practice.
  • Respect proprietary materials and novel ideas. Other pharmacists’ materials should not be redistributed without their consent. At the same time, ISPN strongly encourages open-source data and research to advance the profession.


If you are an athlete seeking an IOC Drugs in Sport Certified Pharmacist, with advanced training in sports medicine and banned substances, contact us for precision health options.

ISPN prefers to work with your current personal pharmacist or physician. Your personal pharmacist should always check with your national or regional anti-doping agency for the most current information, and a pharmacist will then personalize a medication and supplement plan for you. Sports Pharmacists are here to help determine what medications are okay to take and how to correctly use them to treat a medical condition or ailment needing self-treatment.